It’s a well-established fact that Bengal cats are social creatures that don’t like spending all their time alone. They’d much rather be around people or other animals. If they’re constantly left alone, they can become depressed and start engaging in destructive behavior.
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Does this mean that you absolutely need to adopt another animal with your Bengal? Not necessarily, but it may be a good idea to do so. We explain why below.
Do Bengal cats need a companion?
Bengal cats don’t need to live with an animal companion. Your Bengal can be perfectly happy as the only animal in the house, as long as you spend enough time at home with it. If you’re constantly away for hours on end, adopting a second pet can be a good way to satisfy your Bengal’s need for companionship.
Of course, you can’t just adopt any animal and expect everything to do well. It’s important to choose your Bengal’s companion carefully. Otherwise, you might end up with serious problems on your hands.
One obvious possibility is to adopt a second Bengal. While this might work out fine, it’s important to note that not all Bengals get along. For instance, a more assertive and territorial Bengal might bully a smaller, shier one.
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Another option is to adopt a cat of a different breed as a companion for your Bengal. One thing to consider, in this case, is the companion’s energy level: Bengals are highly energetic and playful, so it’s best if their companions are too.
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What about a dog? Perhaps surprisingly for some people, Bengals can get along fine with certain types of dogs. That being said, dogs require a lot of attention, so if you’re constantly away from home, this might not be the best option.
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If you do spend a sufficient amount of time at home, however, then a dog might actually make a good companion for your Bengal. You could even walk both animals outside together, like in this video.
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Can I adopt another pet even if my Bengal is already an adult?
As explained in this VCA Hospitals article, cats adopted in pairs often do well. But if you already have an adult Bengal and wish to introduce a second cat into your home, then things might be a little more complicated, no matter the cat’s breed.
In this type of situation, it’s crucial to match personality types. You can’t simply throw a timid cat in a territorial cat’s home and expect everything to go well. The opposite is also true: you don’t want to traumatize your timid Bengal by adopting an assertive cat.
And even when two cats are a good fit for one another, it’s important to introduce them to each other gradually. A successful introduction can sometimes take a few weeks or even months, so patience is required. We explain each step in this article.
If you decide to satisfy your Bengal’s need for companionship by adopting a dog, you’ll also have to follow a gradual introduction process. This will minimize the risk of aggression and help make both animals comfortable with each other’s presence. It might take a while before you can leave the two animals alone in the same room, so be prepared to spend a lot of time supervising them at first.
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If your Bengal is friendly towards other animals, adopting a second pet with a matching personality can be a great way to keep it stimulated and enrich its daily life. This can in turn reduce the risk of behavioral problems such as house soiling and destruction of furniture.
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That being said, it’s important to remember that a second pet means additional responsibilities. You’ll have more claws to trim, more teeth to brush, etc.
The additional costs also need to be considered. Bengal cats command a hefty price tag, but less expensive animals can also be costly in the long run. From quality food to vet visits, costs quickly add up!
If your Bengal is hostile towards other animals, or if you can’t afford to adopt a second pet, rest assured: with a little bit of time and dedication, you can meet your Bengal’s needs for play, companionship, and physical exercise.
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